Join Beachwatch, the Marine Conservation Society’s national beach cleaning and litter survey programme – volunteer or host your own.

Marine Conservation Society

Who: Marine Conservation Society UK  (MCSUK)

Where: United Kingdom

What: A national beach cleaning and litter surveying programme, helping people all around the UK to care for their coastline.

About: Some of the UK’s best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter in our seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in litter. It’s also dangerous for people and damaging to our tourism and fishing industries.

Beachwatch is something the whole family can get involved in. As well as cleaning the beach, the rubbish from each clean is sorted and analysed. Some of the most common pollutants found on UK beaches are:

  • Plastic/ Polystyrene pieces
  • Packets (crisps, sweets, sandwiches…)
  • Glass
  • Cigarette stubs
  • Caps and Lids
  • String/ Cord
  • Wet wipes
  • Cotton bud sticks
  • Fishing line
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Drinking straws

Take action for cleaner beaches today

  • Visit MCS and become a Beachwatch volunteer. Events are held all around the UK.
  • If you know of an area that could do with a good cleaning, why not sign up to be a Beachwatch Organiser? Organising a beach clean is simple and MCS have all the information you need to get started.



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